Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
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Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)

Flowers in a jug

Details
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
Flowers in a jug
signed 'P. Tchelitchew' (lower right)
oil on canvas
39 x 25½ in. (99 x 64.7 cm.)
Painted circa 1928
Provenance
The Hon. Stephen Tennant.
Acquired from the above by Michael Renshaw 16 April 1963.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 30 November 1967, lot 112 as 'Fleurs dans un vase'.
Richard Nathanson by March 1974.
Anonymous sale, Christie's South Kensington, 7 June 1990, lot 218 as Still Life with Anemones in a Jug.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Pavel Tchelitchew - A Selection of Gouaches, Drawings and Paintings, London, The Alpine Club, 1974, listed as Vase of Dahlias, no. 9, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Pavel Tchelitchew - A Selection of Works, London, The Fine Art Society, 1978, listed as Dahlias in Pitcher, no. 7.
Exhibited
London, Richard Nathanson at The Alpine Club, Pavel Tchelitchew - A Selection of Gouaches, Drawings and Paintings, 18-30 March 1974, no. 9.
London, Richard Nathanson at The Fine Art Society, Pavel Tchelitchew - A Selection of Works, 10-23 June 1978, no. 7.
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Lot Essay

Stephen Tennant (the youngest son of Sir Edward Tennant, later Baron Glenconner of Glen) became an avid collector of Tchelitchew's work after becoming acquainted with the artist in Paris in the late 1920s. A Cecil Beaton photograph taken in 1938 shows Tennant surrounded by Tchelitchew's drawings of him. Tchelitchew's portraits of Beaton and his friend and patron, the poet Edith Sitwell, are now in the collection of London's National Portrait Gallery along with Beaton's photographs of Tchelitchew and Edith Sitwell. They were all equally charmed by Tennant. The energetic elegant young Englishman had himself studied art at the Slade School of Art before turning to ballet where he was taught by Léonide Massine, one of the great stars of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes.

The present picture was painted during the artist's blue, metamorphic period. Viewed in a certain light, the flowers may be seen to metamorphose into human heads.
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